Abby Williams Hill (1861-1943) was a landscape painter who worked primarily in the American West. She is best known for her commissioned works for the Great Northern and Northern Pacific railroads, which were exhibited at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904 and the Lewis & Clark Exposition in Portland in 1905. The collection is remarkably intact as a result of Hill's agreement with the railroads to trade the right to exhibit and reproduce her works for railway passes for herself and her four children, rather than sell the works outright.
The University of Puget Sound is the permanent repository of the Hill collection. The papers are held in the University Archives and many of the paintings are on display in Jones Hall. The digital collection includes a full inventory of Hill's paintings and a selection of letters, many written from Yellowstone National Park and the Flathead Indian Reservation. For questions about the Abby Williams Hill collection, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.